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Hickory Hills addition moving forward
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A new phase to the Hickory Hills subdivision that would add another connector road to Willoughby Station was approved at the Planning Commission Thursday. 

The new phase had been controversial amongst the residents of the two neighborhoods for several reasons. However, the phase was in the original plans that were approved in 1987, and the City could face a lawsuit if they didn’t let the developer move forward. 

The residents had many concerns including the extra connection that would go through Sydney Terrace, which many see as a safety concern. There were also concerns about the effect on property values, water runoff issues, the impact on the school system, and the traffic concerns added to Willoughby Station’s already traffic filled morning commutes. Some said it took them as much as 35 minutes to get to Mt. Juliet Elementary, which is close by the neighborhoods. 

Many people from the neighborhoods showed up to voice their concerns on the item, which was on the floor for over two hours. Lori Landry sympathized with the crowd. She said she has seen her backyard become Providence over the last several years. 

“I fully understand growing pains,” said Landry. 

Many asked if they commissioners could put an emergency services gate in the middle of Sydney Terrace to keep the through traffic from using that road. Others asked to extend Devonshire to Division Street. Both options were considered not feasible by the planning commission. 

In other business, the planning commission allowed for a larger sign for Gander Mountain, and approved a site plan and preliminary plat for Vintage Wine & Spirits. It will be the third wine and spirits store located directly east of Shiloh Plaza, and will tie into their parking lot as well. 

Lebanon’s Boyd running for State Senate
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Today Lebanon small business owner and Wilson County Republican Party Chairman Clark Boyd announced his candidacy for State Senate in Tennessee’s 17th district. 

“After much discussion, prayerful consideration, and encouragement from people around the district, I have decided to seek this opportunity to serve Tennessee in the State Senate,” said Boyd. “People from all around our region have made it clear that they are looking for fresh, new, conservative leadership in Nashville. With Republican supermajorities in both chambers of the state legislature, we as conservatives have a historic opportunity to advance our ideals and affect meaningful change, but only if we set aside differences of the past and move forward together on the principles that unite us as a party.”

Tennessee’s 17th district includes Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson Counties. 

“While Washington continues to grow the size of government and chip away at our freedoms, Tennessee must continue on the right path. If given the opportunity to serve our district at the state Capitol, I will work tirelessly to grow our economy, work with local leaders to attract businesses and industry to our district, and defend our proud Tennessee values,” said Boyd.

In anticipation of his state Senate bid, Boyd contacted executive committee members of the Wilson County Republican Party (WCRP) to inform them of his plans to step down as Chairman, avoiding any potential conflict of interest. 

“Clark is a natural leader,” said past WCRP chairman Kevin Foushee.  “With his energy and charisma he brought new life into the Republican Party. He is very well liked and respected. During his time as chairman people easily identified with and supported his ideas” 

During his time as WCRP Chairman, Clark oversaw an increase in membership, implemented precinct level organizational planning and included high school young Republicans in the annual WCRP Reagan Day Dinner held at the Capitol Theater.  

Background: Clark Boyd is a small business owner and State Farm agent in Lebanon, TN. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Clark served for 11 years in the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve before being medically discharged in 2007 at the rank of Captain. Locally, Clark has served as President of the Wilson County Habitat for Humanity, President of the Rotary Club of Lebanon, and is a member of the National Rifle Association and the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Clark is married to his wife of 12 years, Jada, who is a teacher and school counselor. Together they have two children: Wilson (age 5) and Blair Ellen (age 2). They are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon, where Clark serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. 

Moss helping EPE through transition
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Wilson County School’s Stan Moss has found his way back to the Principal’s office. 

Moss had been a principal in the Wilson County school system for 15 years, but has spent the past year and a half as the Attendance Coordinator for the school system at the Central Office. When Lori Hassell resigned from the position in December, Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund asked Moss to step back into the principal’s role for the remainder of the year. A replacement was hoped to be found around Spring Break. 

“He’s doing a great job,” said Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund

Moss said he settled into the position quickly thanks to the great staff and teachers in place at Elzie Patton, particularly that of Assistant Principal Wilma Hawkins. 

“I’ve been having a good time,” said Moss. 

Moss said he immediately met with the PTO, board members, and faculty to lay out the plan for the rest of the year. He said everyone was very receptive and very excited about the direction Elzie Patton would be heading the rest of the year. 

“I’ve been told by plenty of parents that the transition has been smooth,” said Moss. 

Moss said that everything is going as normal right now. The 5th graders are preparing for their writing test in February, and the other grades are going about their daily lessons, and will take the TCAPs in May. 

Moss said that all the people at Elzie Patton have just joined all the great people he has worked with over the years. 

“They’ve just accepted me, and made the job easy,” said Moss. “I see it as a bunch more people added to my family.”

New north side neighborhood deferred
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Nichols Vale, a new neighborhood on the north side of town, had some issues deferred in the City Commissioner meeting Monday.
The concern is the neighborhood’s connectivity. The original plan was to have entrances to the neighborhood at Benton Douglas Parkway off of Lebanon Road and Falkner Lane off of N.

County commission to fill vacant District 18
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Wilson County Commission will be filling the vacant County Commission seat for District 18 at their meeting on Jan. 27.  Former Commissioner Adam Bannach resigned his seat in December of 2013, due to the purchase of a new home, which is out of the district.  The individual selected will serve for the un-expired term, which runs through August 31, 2014.

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